Rather than talk about the workplace of the future, a term routinely used over the last forty years, we believe it’s important to focus on creating and cultivating workplaces which promote collaboration, innovation and a sense of entrepreneurship aligning with an organization’s mission, brand and values.
The following trends are vital to consider in the coming years in the design of the enduring high performing workplace. They are adapted from a number of sources as well as our own experience.
- Integrated workplace solutions: Integration of architecture, interiors, operational processes, branding, information technology, furniture and office systems. Bring a comprehensive and collaborative approach to the design challenge.
- Sustainability Action: More direct integration of sustainability concerns in workplace design, ongoing operations reinforces employee engagement and brand strength. Also supports lower operational costs through energy efficiency, resource conservation.
- Branding & Storytelling: Tell the bigger story! Work to reflect organization wide core values, history and brand promise in physical design of your building, your work space, furniture, finish and color selection along with media and wall graphics. Create a seamless experience from bricks and mortar to online.
- Motivation, Opportunity, Inclusiveness: It’s not about carrots and sticks, but motivating employee’s sense of purpose, desire for advancement and organizational engagement, all helping in attracting and retaining quality staff. Workplace design echoes and amplifies the strengths of a diverse workforce in reinforcing employee engagement.